Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje
Cat’s Table is the story of an 11-year-old’s voyage from Sri Lanka to England in the 1950’s. On board the ship the Oronsay, Mynah forms friendships with the ragtag group of dubious travelers at his dining table and wastes no time immersing himself in the ship’s many mysteries. Years later, even as an adult, Mynah is still trying to unravel some of these mysteries and to understand how those 21 days on the Oronsay influenced him. The narrative shifts back and forth in time and only gradually are seemingly loose strands woven together. The more I read, the more I was drawn in.